Canada Justin Trudeau Says He Had To Explain Canada’s Refugee System To Doug Ford

16:06  06 july  2018
16:06  06 july  2018 Source:   huffingtonpost.ca

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Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie: Ontario Premier Doug Ford (right) sits with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Ontario Legislature, in Toronto on July 5, 2018.© Provided by AOL Inc. Ontario Premier Doug Ford (right) sits with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Ontario Legislature, in Toronto on July 5, 2018.

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he spent some time explaining the nuances of Canada's refugee system to Ontario Premier Doug Ford during their first meeting.

Trudeau met with Ford at Queen's Park in Toronto for the first time since the Ontario election. Shortly before the meeting, the Ontario government blamed Ottawa for creating a "mess" of a housing crisis due to the influx of asylum seekers crossing into Canada.

"It didn't seem to me that the premier was quite as aware of our international obligations to the UN convention on refugees as he might have been," Trudeau told reporters in a frank moment. "So I spent a little time explaining how the asylum seeking system works and how our system is supposed to operate."

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Moments before the meeting, Premier Doug Ford blamed the federal government' s immigration policies for putting a strain on local and provincial resources, saying Trudeau ' s administration has encouraged people to cross into Canada illegally.

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The prime minister said he "attempted" to reassure Ford that the immigration and refugee systems are separate, and that any migrants coming to Canada for purely economic reasons are sent home.

Canada will continue to ensure its immigration and refugee system is applied responsibly, Trudeau said, adding it's "important" for leaders to protect how Canadians generally view immigration "very positively."

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During a meeting of the ad hoc intergovernmental task force on irregular migration in Ottawa Wednesday, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen gave no indication that there was any bad blood between him and his Ontario counterparts.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Ontario Legislature, in Toronto on Thursday, July 5, 2018. "I spent a little time explaining how the asylum-seeking system works and how our system is supposed to operate," he said .

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Ontario's Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod reportedly told the task force that the province would be pulling its co-operation in helping to resettle asylum seekers.

Hussen's spokesman Mathieu Genest told HuffPost that Canada has international obligations to uphold if someone arrives at the border, pleading for help and protection.

"It is our legal obligation to provide them with due process. This is not a choice, this is the law."

a little boy wearing a hat: A long line of asylum seekers wait to illegally cross the Canada/US border near Champlain, New York on Aug. 6, 2017. In recent days the number of people illegally crossing the border has grown into the hundreds. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)© Provided by AOL Inc. A long line of asylum seekers wait to illegally cross the Canada/US border near Champlain, New York on Aug. 6, 2017. In recent days the number of people illegally crossing the border has grown into the hundreds. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Canada is bound to the United Nations' 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees and 1967 Protocol. It stipulates Canada must offer safe haven to anyone with a founded "fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group, as well as those at risk of torture or cruel and unusual treatment or punishment."

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Progressive Conservative (PC) leader Doug Ford attends victory rally in Toronto, Ontario, Canada , on June 7, 2018. He then admitted to using the drug but resisted attempts to have him removed from his post Still, Ford might prove to be a problem for Canadian Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau .

Trudeau met with Doug Ford in Toronto this afternoon, and said afterwards he spent some time explaining to the premier how the asylum-seeking system works. WATCH: Doug Ford needed briefing on asylum system and 'obligations': Trudeau .

On the UN convention level, it's typically federal jurisdiction.

Different levels of government may not always see eye-to-eye, but the people of Ontario benefit when they do, Genest said.

He explained federal and municipal officials have been in close contact to find solutions to Toronto's at-capacity situation with the city's intake of asylum seekers.

"We remain committed to supporting Toronto as they face pressures to their housing system. Minister Hussen has been in regular contact with Mayor Tory and we hope to see Ontario join these discussions."

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